Back in May this year I noted that the Sun appeared to have gone quiet again, as of 2008-05-08 I'd not observed a sunspot since 2008-03-31. At that time the quiet period hadn't been quite as long as the one I'd observed towards the end of last year but it turned out to be a very long run of a blank Sun (as seen on the days I observed and with my equipment).
Finally, today, I had my first view of a sunspot since the end of March this year. New active area 1005 had two small spots visible.
It's quite nice to see a little blip on my sunspot graphs. They were starting to look a little boring. ;-)
Yesterday I was reminded that next month is Astroblast 2008. This year, rather than being held at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, it is being held at Bedford School.
Having attended in 2006 and 2007 I'm hoping I can make it along again. The past two years have been very enjoyable events.